Norfolk bank robber arrested after striking three times in two weeks

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jan 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-05 13:15:43-05

Police say they've arrested an accused serial bank robber.

On Friday evening, officers slapped handcuffs on 44-year-old Demetrius Lockhart. They found him in the 1800 block of Carswell Street.

Police said he abandoned a stolen vehicle in Chesapeake and hid a gun in the woods nearby.

According to police, he flashed a silver handgun to a bank clerk demanding money, trying not to draw the attention of other customers behind him.

Eventually, he lost his patience and reached across the counter to grab the cash and stuff it in his backpack, before getting away in a stolen 2000 white Nissan Pathfinder with VA license plate JJJ-6326.

Friday morning's robbery at the Bank of America inside Military Circle Mall is just the latest in a string of bank robberies in Norfolk--and police say 44-year-old Demetruis Lockhart is behind all of them.

His first hit was on December 22nd, at the Wells Fargo on Colonial Avenue, where he handed a note to a clerk demanding money or he would shoot.

The next time he showed up was the day after Christmas...with a rifle in tow, robbing the Wells Fargo on North Military Highway.